IMF Chief Strauss-Kahn Denied Bail in Sexual Assault Case

A New York court has remanded Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in custody on sexual assault charges. His arrest on Saturday follows an alleged rape complaint from a hotel maid.

The alleged assault is said to have occurred at the Times Square’s Sofitel hotel. A complaint was filed with the New York Police Department by a 32-year-old maid, who claims that she entered Strauss-Kahn’s hotel room on Saturday afternoon and then he emerged from the bathroom nude. He then chased her and sexually assault her before she was able to escape him and tell authorities. He was detained later after boarding an Air France flight at JFK airport.

Strauss-Kahn was put through medical examinations on Sunday as police searched for scratches or other indications of the claimed assault. He was then charged with attempted rape, unlawful imprisonment and a criminal act. The maid also identified him in a formal line-up, noted police.

Defence attorney Benjamin Brafman says that his client wasn’t trying to flee the scene but was in a hurry to make a lunch appointment. He called the hotel when he was at the airport to say that he left a mobile phone in his room, he added. However, Judge Melissa Jackson said that his being at JFK airport when he was arrested raises some concerns, and she considers him a flight risk. Brafman is disappointed that bail was denied his client, but this is only the beginning of the battle and his client will be cleared.

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